MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Australian officials who paid people smugglers to return migrants to Indonesia have put lives at risk and committed a transnational crime, a rights group said in a report Thursday.
Amnesty International’s report details evidence of Australian Navy and Border Force officials intercepting a people smuggling boat and paying the crew money to turn the boat around.
In five other "turnbacks" in 2013 and 2014, passenger testimonies suggest a pattern of physical and verbal abuse of asylum-seekers by Australian officials, according to Amnesty.
Operation Sovereign Borders is Australia’s military-led border control operation. It includes a maritime dimension with Naval and Border Force ships patrolling the country’s territorial waters.